Testing | World Languages, Literatures, & Cultures


The Department of World Languages, Literatures, & Cultures offers several resources for students to earn credit, declare proficiency, waive language requirements, or fulfill language requirements for their undergraduate and graduate programs. Please see the brief descriptions below and detailed information at the links to the left to learn more about the types of testing resources we offer.

Placement Testing

The following language placement exams are offered by our department: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Latin. (For information on the Spanish placement exam, please visit the Department of Spanish website).

The placement test allows students to either earn credit or demonstrate proficiency in the language courses we offer at the University of North Texas (American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Latin). Taking the test gives you the opportunity to enroll in a class above the 1010 (first semester, elementary) level. Students who do not take a placement test or do not have transfer credit in a language class must enroll in 1010.

Click here for placement test details and registration information.

Proficiency Testing

We recognize that many students at the university speak languages other than those we teach. We cannot offer credit in those languages, but many academic programs will allow students to demonstrate proficiency in order to fulfill their language requirement. We do not verify the requirements of other programs, but we can help connect you with resources to be tested in the language you speak, so you may have your requirement waived with your advisor's consent.

If you wish to demonstrate your knowledge of a language with the proficiency testing option, you will be required to take a test to determine your level of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Because all testers are volunteers, we can make no guarantees about their availability to administer tests. Testers may charge a fee at their discretion for administering the test. Students should plan to be tested early in their academic careers, so that they are certain to fulfill any language requirements prior to applying for graduation.

Click here for proficiency testing details and a list of available languages.

Graduate Students - Translation Exam, Waivers, & Other Options

Graduate students who are seeking to fulfill their language requirement may take a reading and translation exam in their subject area and in their target language after showing proficiency in the first year of a language (1010 and 1020 level), rather than taking all four semesters of a language. There are additional ways for graduate students to satisfy their language requirement.

Click here to learn more about graduate langauge requirements.